Students vote funds for Husky Athletics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Photo of Amanda Bardonner, Student Government president

Amanda Bardonner, Student Government president, addresses the audience at a Nov. 18 press conference in Atwood Memorial Center.

Photo of Amanda Bardonner, Student Government president Photo of student Josh Sanks, St. Augustine, Fla., voting Nov. 15 in the student fee increase referendum Photo of student Aaron Pavek, Baxter, voting Nov. 15 in the student ree increase referendum 

A $1.74 student fee increase approved Nov. 17 will provide Husky Athletics with an additional $601,344 a year for fiscal years 2012 through 2014.

Student Government leaders announced the passage of two referendum questions at a 5 p.m. Nov. 18 press conference.

Approval of both referendum questions halts plans to drop intercollegiate sports such as football.

Beginning July 1, Husky Athletics' yearly revenue from student fees will total $1,361,644.

The increased funding, combined with more fundraising and other strategies, helps solve Husky Athletics shortfalls of $550,000 in fiscal year 2012 and $600,000 in fiscal year 2013.

Those shortfalls come as the University is cutting about $14 million from its fiscal year 2012 budget.

“The student turnout was fantastic; it speaks to the increased student engagement on campus this year,” said Amanda Bardonner, Student Government president. “Our student body understands the issues and has a vested interest in the future of this University. Student Government hoped for a high student turnout since any increase would result in the increase of all students’ fees.”

A total of 4,053 students, almost 20 percent of the student body, voted. A minimum of 8 percent of the student body needed to vote in this election to validate the referendum results.

The first referendum question for a $0.74 per credit increase passed by a 68 percent to 31 percent margin.

The second referendum question for an additional $1 per credit increase passed by a 58 percent to 41 percent margin. The first vote needed to pass in order for the second vote to pass as well. The increase is on up to 12 credits per semester.

Voting was conducted Nov. 15-17.

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